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  • The failed state of the man who would be il-Kink

    Malta’s democracy looks like someone in the last stages of tertiary syphilis. Every organ has begun to fail, and the brain is increasingly deranged. It all started, of course, when the patient was well and truly forked — and we know who did the forking. It sounds dramatic to say that Malta is now a dictatorship. […] More

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  • Joseph Muscat’s fight for survival

    There’s a hole in the space where Joseph Muscat’s integrity should be. In its place, we see a massively swollen survival instinct — inflamed by the fight for his own survival, and not the survival of his Party or his government. That’s the point we’ve now reached. His Chief of Staff Keith Schembri, the man […] More

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  • Who’s watching the watcher?

    What if Yorgen Fenech decided to ask for a presidential pardon? One day before Fenech was arrested in connection with the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia, Joseph Muscat promised to grant the alleged middleman in the case a conditional pardon in exchange for testimony that leads to the conviction of the mastermind. If Fenech was […] More

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  • Owen Bonnici’s shattered serenity

    Owen Bonnici had a bad night. Why would he exit parliament by the front door — right into the middle of a peaceful protest — when he could have slipped out the back like the rest did? After all, Bonnici wasn’t the main focus of the protestor’s rage — at least, not in the serene depths […] More

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  • Potholes and the government meme machine

    A hole is not a hole in the upside-down world of Malta. No, sir. That gaping space you swerved around on the new Marsa flyover is progress! We know this is true because Minister Ian Borg said so with great insistence when speaking to The Times of Malta. “It’s not a pothole,” he said. “Can […] More

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  • Schembri finally got his day in court, and he chose to run away

    Well, that didn’t go very well, did it? In court yesterday, Keith Schembri acted like the kid in the playground who mouths off and picks fights while whispering, “Hold me back….”, to his friend. Unfortunately for him, Magistrate Victor Axiaq was having none of this ‘holding back’ nonsense. He upheld the law in a country […] More

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  • Dodging the truth on pushback

    “I was mistaken when it comes to the pushback,” Joseph Muscat said last month, in the wake of a barrage of anti-migrant hate speech that shocked the island. The Prime Minister was referring to threats he made in 2013 to ‘push back’ a group of Somalian asylum seekers by returning them to war-torn Libya under […] More

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  • Sant’s rant is a distraction

    Alfred Sant is unhappy that the European Court of Justice has a say in how judges and magistrates are appointed in Malta. Malta’s sovereignty has been ‘hindered’ by EU membership, says the former Labour Prime Minister who did all he could, together with current Labour Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, to prevent Malta from joining the […] More

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  • ‘This is not on’, said the Dodger to the fly

    Dodging journalists. Avoiding interviews. Running away from tough questions. Refusing to be answerable to the people. You’re right about one thing, Prime Minister.  “This is not on.” Government officials have a duty to respond to questions from journalists — even the questions they don’t want to be asked. While Ministers of this government do insist […] More

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  • Another paper tiger

    This government has a strong record of creating paper tigers — entities that are powerful on paper but have no teeth when it comes to enforcement. This “new” Hate Crimes & Speech Unit has already proven itself to be yet another example. The island was shocked by a barrage of racist hate on social media […] More

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  • ‘They did it, too!’

    “It’s okay to give Kurt Farrugia Malta Enterprise because Lawrence Gonzi gave it to his former spokesman, too.” We sure have come a long way from Joseph Muscat’s promise to deliver accountability, meritocracy, and transparency. It isn’t like he forgot about it. Despite muddling through a first term rocked by weekly corruption scandals, Joseph Muscat […] More

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  • How much does Malta have to give?

    Malta has a racism problem, and nothing is being done to address it. How deep does racism run in this purportedly Catholic country? Can outsiders ever be accepted in Maltese society? These questions came to the fore again after a riot at the Hal Far open centre, where cars were burnt, offices smashed, and staff […] More

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